Sunday, July 11, 2010
"The Line" by Teri Hall
Musings: The Line is a rather mild dystopian, and for being a book in a genre that is so popular right now, especially in young adult literature, it's not particularly unique. The abuses of the U.S. government are pretty standard: restriction in free speech and travel, mandatory identification, the suppression of dissenters, and the pervasive fear of government power. It's an extraordinarily simplified version of 1984, too general to have modern relevance and too vague to be affecting.
Rachel is a bland character who comes across quite young, even though I imagine she's supposed to be around 14 (though no specific age is given). There's back story, but no real depth, to the relationships between Rachel, Vivian (Rachel's mother), or Ms. Moore.
The book is a short and quick read, but the pace still felt fairly plodding. Some excitement does build towards the end, and there's a decent cliffhanger ending, but I don't think it'll be enough to have me picking up the sequel.